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Millions of Dollars to Get New Jersey Counties Prepared for Disaster?

Counties could get millions for disaster prep under bill

New Jersey's 21 counties could get millions of dollars in state disaster assistance under a new measure announced in the Legislature.

Senate President Steve Sweeney unveiled a proposal Monday that would establish a program to dole out funds to emergency management offices.

Sweeney and other stakeholders, including Atlantic County Emergency Management Director Vince Jones, say the program would help local governments create two-year plans and increase community outreach.

The legislation doesn't specify how much money each county would get. Those decisions would be determined during the annual budget process.

Sweeney said in a statement the program would distribute millions of dollars.

The announcement comes nearly four years after Superstorm Sandy hit the region.

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